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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
1112 tasting notes

A big thank you to the quiet life for this sample!!

First sniff of leaves – cloves!! Ahhh! Reminds me of being 14 years old and going to all ages punk shows full of clove cigarette smoke. To this day, all I have to do is smell cloves and I’m instantly full of Anger and Too Much Eyeliner!!! I can’t keep up, I can’t keep up, I can’t keep up! Out of step! With the wooooooorld!!!! (ooops, it’s not 1983! step AWAY from the Minor Threat record (yes I still have it. yes I still listen to it. Shut up!!)

I steeped it at two minutes because I planned to have it with no milk and just a touch of sugar. That was a good call – it’s definitely a “without milk” tea. I’m getting cloves and caramel in a smooth tea base. I’m not tasting any citrus or any of the other flavors that are said to be blended in, which is ok by me :) I’m enjoying Clove Nostalgia Land. But! I think it can take 3 minutes, and I will try that next time.

I decided to do a resteep for the heck of it, at 5 minutes. Not bad! Less tea. Clove-y! Just added another small pinch of sugar.

Final thoughts: Great tea for work where I sometimes want a black tea but don’t want to worry about having milk around. I want to look into some more Kusmi teas for exactly this purpose! Very very very enjoyable!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
LENA

LOL! Clove cigarettes = my freshman year in college. Oh man, that IS a smell that can instantly transport you back. Good times.

Stephanie

Clove cigarettes—Djarums! It was the same for me too! Oh to be naive and angst-ridden again! :)

SoccerMom

My husband still has the record too and now he has our 14 year old son “out of step” too! I thought my husband/son were the only ones still listening to them though :) He will be so happy to know that he’s not alone!!

JacquelineM

Wow! Tooooo funny, and what a small world! We’ll have to sing that at the Russian Tea Room ;)

JacquelineM

and SoccerMom – how is Massimo feeling?

Rabs

Thank you for taking me to “Clove Nostalgia Land.” :)

Lori

Clove cigarettes…LOL~ And eyeliner! Great review and am relieved to know that this tea (as I purchased a tin and have yet to try it) – is not swamped w/bergamot flavor…

JacquelineM

Lori – I did not taste one itty bit of bergamot!

SoccerMom

JacquelineM, Massimo got up and went outside late last night but he was really wobbly he is currently in bed and asleep and isn’t really responding to any of his normal trigger words (go outside, wanna eat, etc.) if I thought he was in pain I would load him up and take him to the vet but he is just sleeping away. Thank you for inquiring (he’s my big baby).

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LENA

LOL! Clove cigarettes = my freshman year in college. Oh man, that IS a smell that can instantly transport you back. Good times.

Stephanie

Clove cigarettes—Djarums! It was the same for me too! Oh to be naive and angst-ridden again! :)

SoccerMom

My husband still has the record too and now he has our 14 year old son “out of step” too! I thought my husband/son were the only ones still listening to them though :) He will be so happy to know that he’s not alone!!

JacquelineM

Wow! Tooooo funny, and what a small world! We’ll have to sing that at the Russian Tea Room ;)

JacquelineM

and SoccerMom – how is Massimo feeling?

Rabs

Thank you for taking me to “Clove Nostalgia Land.” :)

Lori

Clove cigarettes…LOL~ And eyeliner! Great review and am relieved to know that this tea (as I purchased a tin and have yet to try it) – is not swamped w/bergamot flavor…

JacquelineM

Lori – I did not taste one itty bit of bergamot!

SoccerMom

JacquelineM, Massimo got up and went outside late last night but he was really wobbly he is currently in bed and asleep and isn’t really responding to any of his normal trigger words (go outside, wanna eat, etc.) if I thought he was in pain I would load him up and take him to the vet but he is just sleeping away. Thank you for inquiring (he’s my big baby).

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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